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Lyft: Risky Valuation and No Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley produces a lot of winners; however, I believe investors should be careful with both of these IPOs due to bubble-like valuations, accelerating net losses, and a lack of geographic expansion opportunities. Yet, another concern is the liquidity event the large cap IPO provides, and the level of PR that can be bought leading up to the IPO, which will likely focus on the growing sales…

SoftBank: Increase ROI with Robotics and IoT Automation (Podcast)

The goal of automating entire processes, rather than individual tasks, is to remove the human from the equation in order to increase gross margin for return on investment (GMROI). As Kass Dawson of SoftBank discusses, the more inventory a retailer has in the store that is not selling, the less they’re making money, and they then lose out on an opportunity through over-indexed inventory…

PODCAST: How Do We Protect Autonomous Vehicles from Hackers When We Don’t Have a Human Driver? Steer Answers.

In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to support Beth’s production of Tech Lightning Rounds. Please Subscribe and Leave a Review for the Podcast Here In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, we interview Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer, who has a PhD in network security and has held executive-level security positions before founding…

“Algorithms are not biased; data is biased” – MWC 2019

AI may seem like an auxiliary technology to how we live our daily lives today, however, it will soon be the primary driver across the tech industry. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the world economy will reach an additional 15.7 trillion in value by 2030 due to artificial intelligence. To put this into perspective, the top 5 technology companies today have a combined value of about $4 trillion, which includes Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Over the next decade, AI will drive a market 5x the size of tech’s current global spend. Although this growth is exciting on many levels, the panelists at MWC 2019 voiced concerns about the handling of inherent biases that comes from data, as clearly discrimination by age, race, gender, education or other factors within audience segmentation is counterproductive to the advancement of society that AI promises.

MWC 2019: A Dose of Reality on 5G, Those Foldable Phones and Bitcoin Has a Serious Competitor

The financing firm Greensill puts the total cost for 5G at $2.7 trillion through the end of 2020. The issue is that it’ll take a few years to see any returns, which will put networks in the red until applications catch up. This, of course, is the fine print to 5G that the lights, camera and action of the booths at MWC didn’t portray. In fact, there was a panel where Mike Fries, the CEO of Liberty Global, pointed out that carriers in Europe have not recouped costs on 4G yet. “You’ve had 10 straight years of declining mobile revenues in Europe with the biggest issue being price,’ he said.

PODCAST: New episode with Robotics Experts from SoftBank, RoboKind and John Deere

Robotics can be a controversial topic as the advancement in automation is seen as a threat to employment. Beth Kindig interviews Kass Dawson of SoftBank Robotics and asks “Will robots take jobs,” after he explains how SoftBank intends to remove the human from the equation in retail. The podcast also features John Deere, who is using robotics to combat one of the biggest threats to our food supply — which is the growing population. Once we reach 10 billion people, food supplies become questionable. Lastly, Richard Margolin of RoboKind introduces his robot, Milo, who is helping autistic children increase engage 40x more in classrooms when compared to a human teacher.

PODCAST: Autonomous Vehicles Were First Used to Help Soldiers Avoid Roadside Bombs. Interview with Torc Robotics.

In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Intertrust Technologies goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Beth Kindig, holds discussions in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews for immediate depth on the topic. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review the production of Tech Lightning Rounds. Please Subscribe and Leave a Review for the Podcast Here In episode 1, Beth Kindig interviews Michael Fleming, CEO of Torc, who has been developing autonomous vehicles for twelve years, which is a very long time for AV technology. Torc Robotics placed third…

Facebook Stock: Too Good to Be True

Facebook has financial statements that Wall Street dreams are made of. Profit margins are at 40 percent, free cash flow outperforms due to low capex, and annual growth exceeds 20 percent year-over-year. In fact, FB posted 35 percent growth this past year with lots of runway to go. Meanwhile many of its FAANG peers struggle with high capex (Netflix) and diminishing growth (Apple).

To put it simply, Facebook’s cash flow and profit margins are not only some of the best in the S&P 500, but the best in the world. The ad dollar machine has incredible inertia and advertisers simply can’t turn away. If you are looking at the income statements, then you have every reason to go all-in on this company.

PODCAST: Are Autonomous Vehicles Overhyped? Will China Be the First to Deploy AVs? Intel Answers.

In episode 1, Jill Sciarappo, Director of Autonomous Driving at Intel, is candid as she discusses areas where AV companies can improve on safety and how a new coalition called PAVE can help. PAVE stands for the Partners of Automated Vehicle Education initiative, which was launched at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, to help bring “realistic, factual information to policymakers and the public.”

Jill and Beth also chat about the confusion consumers have around AV and why press headlines need to be a little more accountable. Jill is from Arizona, where a lot of AV testing occurs, and Jill raises the question: “What level of best practices or validation do we need to have these companies prove they can accomplish before we let them on our city streets?” She goes on to answer this question in the podcast by drawing parallels to the various ways this has been solved in the past.

Tech Experts Discuss the Future of Autonomous Vehicles: Podcast

Last year was a buzzworthy year for autonomous vehicles. The pedestrian death in Arizona raised concerns over safety while many AV OEMs slowed down production of advanced levels of automation due to regulatory issues. Meanwhile, China continues to push forward, faster than ever, in an AV race for commercial deployment. In addition, press headlines are not in agreement with analyst projections. Promises that driverless vehicles will be on the road this year are in sharp contrast with analysts who say AVs have entered the “trough of disillusionment” with anywhere from five to fifteen years before they will be commercially available.…